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Annual Philanthropy Leadership Awards

30th Annual Philanthropy Leadership Awards
November 13, 2014
Scottsdale Fairmont Princess

Please plan to join us in celebration and honor of the best in Philanthropy.

Nomination and sponsorship information coming soon!

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29th Annual Philanthropy Leadership Awards

We hope you were able to attend our dinner last month – but if not we would like to share some of the exciting things that happened.  But first we need to thank the committee members – Co-Chairs – Benjamin Powers and Ellen Lord,  Members:  Paula Adkins, Andrea Beaulieu, Louise Bowden, Robyn Broshears, Sue Gaub, Maureen McDannel, Candice Scott, Laine Seaton, Anne White and Celeste Winters.
More than 540 attendees enjoyed the ambiance of the receptions which allowed them to enjoy the beautiful weather on the outdoor patios.  The evening began with the celebration of the accomplishments of our 27 Spirit of Philanthropy Award winners who have made outstanding contributions to our non-profit organizations.  

After dinner, we had the opportunity to honor the memory of Eddie Basha with a Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing his dedication to making Arizona a better place to live and his legendary advocacy for children and education.

For the first time in our history, our chapter presented an Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award – the winner was Katie Wilkinson, an 18-year-old graduate of Corona del Sol High School who has been a volunteer for The Salvation Army for several years.  She was instrumental in starting the first Red Kettle Club in the nation – there are now seven.  Her accomplishments include taking a $500 challenge award from the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army and turning it into $4,900 which was used for 14 underprivileged children to attend the Salvation Army’s summer music camp.  

Wells Fargo received the Outstanding Corporation Award for its NeighborhoodLIFT program which combines home down payment assistance with local initiative dollars.  As part of its commitment to financial literacy, Wells Fargo developed Hands On Banking, a comprehensive modular curriculum both in English and Spanish which targets students that range in age from grade 4 through senior citizens.  

Tom Ambrose and Ed Fox were both recognized with the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award for their many years of support for a variety of charities throughout the state.  The Phoenix Zoo nominated them for their roles as co-chairs of the Zoo’s recently completed $21.5 million World Class Zoo for a World Class City campaign to build new facilities and exhibits.Recognizing one of our own – Gerri Wright was given the Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award.  Nominated by the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter, Gerri has been instrumental in building the Tiffany Circle, a powerful network of philanthropic women.  Previously, she completed a $7.6 million dollar capital campaign for the renovation of the Heard Museum’s permanent gallery HOME:  Native People in the Southwest, as well as $5 million dollar campaign for the Heard Museum North and expansion of the gift shop.    

Bob and Renee Parsons and the Parsons Foundation was recognized as Outstanding Philanthropists who have given $30 million to organizations in Arizona including Barrow Neurological Foundation, Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, UMON New Day Centers, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Arizona Humane Society, Autism Speaks, and the Phoenix Zoo.  A devoted supporter of our veterans, they have made generous contributions to the Semper Fi Fund.  Bob forever endeared himself to the Princess Catering department when he remarked “I really liked the chicken”. 

We are grateful to all the awardees for their amazing work they do in the community.  We have received many glowing comments on the dinner – the caliber of all the winners and our new site – the Fairmont princess Scottsdale – and we will certainly return next year. We are so grateful to our 2013 Philanthropy Dinner Sponsors – their support is so essential to our success!

Click here to view a collection of photos from the evening! 
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